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Associated Press, Published May 31 2013

ND man charged in dispute that killed his mother

BISMARCK — Christopher Vick successfully completed a court-ordered anger management class this month after pleading guilty to disorderly conduct in a fight with his brother and mother.

On Friday, the 36-year-old man was in court facing charges in another domestic dispute that left his mother dead, his brother wounded and another woman seriously injured.

Vick was charged Friday with attempted murder and felonious restraint involving Erin Mees, who prosecutors said was his acquaintance. Vick, who had a 3-inch stitched gash to the back of his neck, told South Central District Judge Bruce Haskell that he did not want to be released from jail and requested a court-appointed attorney.

Haskell ordered Vick held without bail, as some family members sobbed in the courtroom.

Burleigh County State's Attorney Richard Riha said charges are pending in the death of 62-year-old Alice Vick who was killed Thursday at her trailer home southeast of Bismarck. Riha said preliminary autopsy results show she died from blunt force trauma to the head.

Prosecutors have released few details in the case or what led to the dispute. Riha and Burleigh County prosecutor Pamela Nesvig told reporters outside the courtroom that they would not name Christopher Vick as a suspect in his mother's death, saying the case was still under investigation.

“We are making sure we have all the evidence before we file,” Riha said. No other arrests have been made in the case.

Burleigh County Sheriff Pat Heinert said police received a 911 call about a domestic dispute at a trailer court about noon on Thursday. Responding deputies found Alice Vick dead in her mobile home, where she lived with her son, Christopher Vick, the sheriff said.

Heinert said a knife was used during the attack that wounded Christopher Vick's brother, who authorities would not name, and seriously injured Mees. The sheriff said she was in surgery Friday morning at a Bismarck hospital.

Court records show Christopher Vick has a lengthy criminal past, including charges of theft, burglary, criminal trespass and assault.

Vick was charged in February with simple assault in a fight involving his mother and brother, Shawn Vick.

Court records said Shawn Vick allegedly pointed a BB gun at Christopher Vick, and their mother stepped in between the two. Christopher Vick allegedly pushed his mother, bruising her arm, court documents said.

Christopher Vick pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of disorderly conduct. He was sentenced to 21 days in jail and was required to take an anger management course, which he completed on May 15, court records show.

A no contact order with his mother was lifted in March, court documents said.